DIRECT. Shipwreck of migrants off Calais: London calls for a "a coordinated international effort"

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14h45 : A meeting will take place in Calais on Sunday with the ministers in charge of Belgian, German, Dutch and British immigration, as well as the European Commission. Object of their meeting, according to Matignon: “strengthen police, judicial and humanitarian cooperation” for “better fight against smuggling networks”, the day after the sinking in the English Channel of a migrant boat that killed 27 people.

12h24 : Finally, the government wants the possibility of restoring border controls between the various countries of the Schengen area, in particular to question the smugglers before they arrive in Calais, we learned from the entourage by Emmanuel Macron. These checks could be carried out in fairly large border areas, and not just at the border.

12h16 : The government wants above all to attack the networks of smugglers. “These very professional networks comparable to drug trafficking networks”, argues a government source to franceinfo. The executive also wants a strengthening of financial investigations.

12h16 : An interministerial meeting took place this morning after the death of at least 27 people yesterday trying to reach England. Among the avenues considered to reduce these tragedies, the deployment of more resources for sea rescuers, increase the number of boats and drones and install thermal cameras in the dunes to prevent departures, according to our information.

12h00 : It is noon, here are the main titles of the morning:

• The Haute Autorité de santé recommends a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for all adults aged 18 and over, five months after the last injection. The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, will hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. to announce new measures to curb the fifth wave.

The State is ordered to pay compensation to the family of Remi Fraisse, protester killed during a charge of mobile gendarmes in the Tarn in 2014.

• A fifth smuggler was arrested after the death of 27 migrants in a shipwreck off Calais, announces the Minister of the Interior. Follow the situation in our live.

• Jean Castex announced new measures “in order to strengthen the protection of victims and the fight against violence”, on the occasion of the Day for the Elimination of violence against women.

11h37 : “Rather than blocking the borders, we must allow those who wish to apply for asylum in the country of their choice. They must be welcomed in conditions worthy of European values. Without border locks, those in exile would not take such dangerous roads and, if they do so at the risk of their lives, it is because they have no other choice. “

11:36 : “There is no point in first incriminating smugglers or attacking associations. Those really responsible are those who refuse to welcome these men, women, children who flee their countries and seek refuge in Europe . “

11:36 : “It is time to stop these recurring tragedies. It is high time that governments ensure that exiles stop dying on our borders, in Calais as well as in Poland and elsewhere.”

The Human Rights League criticizes European leaders for their reception of migrants, after the death of 27 people in the sinking of a boat off Calais yesterday.

11h29 : The United Kingdom wants to toughen its asylum system to curb attempts to cross the Channel. This project provides in particular for the possibility of sentencing smugglers to life imprisonment, but also to create a different status for refugees who have arrived illegally, who would have very few rights on British soil. We tell you more about it here.

11h09 : “The smugglers encourage their destitute customers to cross by telling them that it is a lake. In the end, it is not a lake, it is a sea with currents, with boats and storms, with fog.”

“Every day, we are involved” to save migrants, testifies the president of the National Society for Rescue at Sea (SNSM). He denounces in particular the role of smugglers, who provide migrants “inflatable boats which are not at all suitable, which are overloaded”.

10h49 : The number of attempts to cross the Channel exploded in 2021. Between January 1 and November 20, 31,500 migrants risked it, against just over 15,000 in 2020. We explained to you in this article, published in September, why there are so many crossings to UK this year.

10h39 : Residents of Calais have expressed their anger after the death of 27 migrants in a shipwreck off the city. “Every week there are deaths, one of them recalled to franceinfo. There are dozens of gendarmes on the square watching the horizon. We have no solution. The dead are piling up, as they say. There is nothing moving. “

(FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP)

09h43 : The prosecution also specifies that “the specialized interregional jurisdiction (JIRS) of Lille was seized of the investigation opened for assistance with the irregular entry and stay in an organized group, homicides and involuntary injuries and criminal association. Several magistrates went there yesterday evening.”

09h41 : The Lille prosecutor’s office tells France Televisions that 17 men, 7 women and 3 young people who may be adolescents (two boys and a girl) died yesterday in the shipwreck off Calais. “The forensic investigations are underway this morning, he specifies. Two survivors were hospitalized, the vital prognosis is a priori not engaged. One would be of Somali nationality and the other of Iraqi nationality. “

09h15 : It is 9 o’clock and dust, we (re) have a coffee and we take stock of the news:

• A fifth smuggler was arrested after the death of 27 migrants in a shipwreck off Calais, announces the Minister of the Interior. Follow the situation in our live.

• Germany has crossed the threshold of 100,000 deaths linked to Covid-19, announced the federal health authority RKI this morning. The country recorded 351 additional deaths in 24 hours.

• In France too, the health situation is deteriorating. The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, will hold a press conference this afternoon to announce new measures to slow down the fifth wave.

• Jean Castex announced new measures “in order to strengthen the protection of victims and the fight against violence”, on the occasion of the Day for the Elimination of violence against women.

09h11 : “An investigation was opened by the Lille prosecutor’s office and very certainly, very quickly, we will have information”, advances the Minister of the Interior. He adds that “7,800 people were saved” since January 1, when they were trying to cross the Channel.

09h08 : A fifth smuggler, suspected of being linked to the shipwreck in which 27 migrants died off Calais, was arrested last night according to Gérald Darmanin. The Minister of the Interior specifies on RTL that this individual had “bought zodiacs in Germany”.

07h33 : A few dozen people gathered last night in the port area of ​​Calais, after the death of these 27 migrants, reports The world. Most were members of migrant aid associations and expressed their anger at the tragedy.

07h25 : Hello @Harry. The results of the sinking yesterday off Calais is 27 dead. Emmanuel Macron had initially announced 31 deaths, but this toll was subsequently revised downwards by the Ministry of the Interior.

07h25 : Unfortunately there were 31 migrant victims yesterday, and not 27

07h08 : The death of 27 migrants in a shipwreck off Calais yesterday made the headlines of many newspapers this morning. The voice of the North evokes in particular “the drama we dreaded”, while attempts to cross the Channel continue to multiply.

(THE VOICE OF THE NORTH)

(THE PARISIAN)

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